SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 21, 2018) – On Tuesday, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police.
Asm. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) and Asm. David Chu (D- San Francisco) introduced Assembly Bill 3131 (AB3131) in February. The legislation would require state and local law enforcement agencies to get local government approval by the adoption of a military equipment impact statement and a military equipment use policy at a public meeting before seeking funding for, acquiring, or using military equipment. The bill would also require approval for the continued use of any military equipment acquired prior to January 1, 2019.
AB3131 enumerates a long list of items under the definition of “military equipment,” including but not limited to, manned aircraft; unmanned aerial vehicles; wheeled or tracked armored vehicles, including mine-resistant and ambush-protected vehicles; tactical vehicles and vessels; command and control vehicles; firearms and ammunition with a caliber of .50 caliber or higher; specialized firearms and ammunition of less than .50 caliber; any …
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